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Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Message 5/27/2011

Faculty Unionization Efforts

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier this week the executive director of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board transferred a decision on what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit for UIC faculty to an Administrative Law Judge, who has scheduled a hearing for June 1. The University looks forward to participating in this hearing. As I have noted in previous messages to the faculty, it is the University's position that the state law defining University of Illinois bargaining units, as amended in 2003, states that the sole appropriate bargaining unit for tenure-system faculty is a unit that is comprised of tenured and tenure-track faculty only (at UIC the law excludes Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy). We believe that a unit consisting of both tenure-system and contingent faculty, as the union has proposed, violates the amended law and must be rejected. Let me emphasize again that the University is not attempting to deprive faculty of the right to organize, but it must be done in a manner that is legally allowable - i.e., two separate bargaining units. I will provide you with further updates as developments occur.

Sincerely,

Jerry L. Bauman
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost